Parík, Ivan, Slovak composer and pedagogue; b. Bratislava, Aug. 17, 1936. Following private instruction from Alexander Albrecht (1951–53), he studied with Ocenás (composition) and Schimpl (conducting) at the Bratislava Cons. (until 1958). He completed his composition studies with Moyzes at the Bratislava Academy of Music and Drama (1958–62). From 1959 to 1968 he worked as a program director for the Czechoslovak TV in Bratislava. He was a part-time teacher at the Bratislava Academy of Music and Drama from 1962 to 1968, and then taught there full time. In 1984 he became head of its theory dept. In 1990 he was made a prof, and vice-rector of the Academy. From 1993 until his retirement in 1997 he served as its rector. In his output, Parík has made use of both tonal and serial resources with excursions into the realm of electroacoustic music.
dramatic:Fragment, ballet (1969); film music. orch.: Overture (1962); Tower Music for 12 Winds and Tape (1968); Music to Ballet (1968); Introduction to Haydn’s Sym. No. 102 in B major (1971); Music for Winds, Double Basses, and Percussion (1981); Musica pastoralis (1984); Music for Flute, Viola, and Orch. (1987). chamber:Meditation for Viola and Piano (1956); Music for 4 Strings (1958); Epitaph in the Style of Improvisations, trio for Flute, Viola, and Cello (1961); Flute Sonata (1962); Song About a High, Old Tree for Cello and Piano (1962); Microstudies for Flute, Viola, and Harpsichord (1963); Music for 3 for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet (1964); Trumpet Sonata (1965); Cello Sonata (1967); Oboe Sonata (1973); Clarinet Sonata (1974); Bassoon Sonata (1975); Epitaph II for Flute and Guitar (1976); Violin Sonata (1976); Nocturne for Violin and Piano (1979); Music for Milos Urbásek for String Quartet (1981); Duet for 2 Violas (1981); Viola Sonata (1983); Quadrophony for 4 Cellos (1987); Chant for Flute (1991); piano pieces. vocal:Seen Closely Above the Lake for Speaker, Wind Quintet, Piano, and String Quartet or Orch. (1979); 2 Arias on fragments of the Stabat mater for High Voice and Orch. (1989; also for High Voice and Piano or Organ); How One Drinks from a Well for Speaker and Chamber Orch. (1990); choruses; solo songs. electroacoustic:Hommage to William Croft (1969); Variations on Pictures by Milos Urbásek (1970); Sonata-Canon for Cello and 4 Electronic Voices (1971); Tower Music (1971); In memoriam Ock-eghem (1971); Outside the Door (1974); Sonata pastoralis 44 (1974); Cantica feralia (1975); Hommage to Hummel (1980); Concerto grosso (1990).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire